How to Change Security Questions for Local Accounts on Windows 10

Forgot the security answers, or are they compromised? Here’s how to change the security questions for local accounts in Windows 10.

In the April 2018 update, Microsoft introduced a new security feature called Security Questions. This feature helps you reset the Windows 10 account password. Windows will prompt you to choose three security questions and answer them when setting up a local account. This is not an optional feature; you have to choose and answer security questions when creating a local account.

Windows 10 users using Microsoft account to log in don’t have to deal with security questions.

As you can imagine, this feature is quite useful when you forget the Windows password. In previous versions of Windows, you have to use the password reset disk if you forgot the account password. Which, let’s be frank, almost no Windows user bothers to create one. In those cases, you have to go through various things like removing the user account, removing the password, Command Prompt hacks, etc.

With the introduction of the security questions, resetting Windows password is easy. All you have to do is click on the Reset Password link on the Windows login screen.

Change security questions - enter answers for security questions

If you forgot the security questions or need to change them because they are compromised, you can easily change security questions in Windows 10 from the Settings app. Here’s how to do it.

Change Security Questions on Windows 10

As I said, security questions are only applicable to Local accounts. To change security questions, you can use the Settings app.

1. Open Settings app in Windows 10 using the shortcut Win + I. You can also search and open it from the Start Menu or the Notification Center.

2. In the Settings app, go to “Accounts -> Sign-in Options.” Click on the link “Update your security questions” under the “Password” section.

Change security questions - click update link

3. You will be prompted to enter your user account password. Enter the password and click on the “Ok” button.

Change security questions - enter user account password

4. Now, select questions from the drop-down menus, enter the answers and click “Finish” to change security questions on Windows 10.

Change security questions - new security questions

That’s about it. You’ve successfully changed security questions for local accounts on Windows 10.

Reset Local Account Password with Security Questions

If you forgot your user account password, click on the “Reset Password” link on the login screen. The link will appear after one failed login attempt. Now, answer the security questions and press Enter to reset the local account password on Windows 10.

Detailed instructions: Reset local user account password on Windows 10

Change security questions - reset password

I hope that helps. Comment below if you face any problems while changing security questions for local accounts on Windows 10.

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